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Human remains found in Puna by missing woman's belongings

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Island authorities are working to identify human remains that were found next to personal items belonging to a Canadian woman who has been missing for about 15 years.

The remains had been discovered last month by hunters in a remote area in Puna. Responding officers then located Jessica Urbina's personal belongings nearby.

The Montreal woman had come to Hawaii on vacation in November 2000, when she was 21. She was reported missing to the Honolulu Police Department in 2001.

Police do not yet know if there is a link between the remains and Urbina, who would now be 37.

Authorities have opened a missing person case in connection with Urbina's belongings as well as a coroner's inquest into the human remains.

Hawaii Island authorities are working to identify human remains that were found next to personal items belonging to a Canadian woman who has been missing for about 15 years.

The remains were discovered on July 18 by hunters in a remote area of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. Responding officers then located Jessica Urbina's personal belongings nearby.

The Montreal woman had come to Hawaii on vacation in November 2000, when she was 21. She was reported missing to the Honolulu Police Department in 2001 and described as 5-foot-1, 100 pounds with long black hair, brown eyes and fair skin.

Police do not yet know if there is a link between the remains and Urbina, who would now be 37.

Authorities have opened a missing person case in connection with Urbina's belongings as well as a coroner's inquest into the human remains.

Police are asking anyone with information about both cases to come forward.

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